With yesterday being the first day for filing for cities, commenter “BecauseScience” offers the following good advice for candidates:
You need to have
(1) A petition in the correct form which properly names the office sought;
(2) the minimum number of correct signatures of qualified voters in the jurisdiction;
(3) Statement of Candidacy ( also with the office sought correctly named);
(4) the RECEIPT for the filing of the statement of economic interests with the correct political body’s clerk;
(5) Numbered pages;
(6) stapled together at the top with two or three staples.
The circulator must also sign the bottom of the petition in front of a notary and the notary’s license has to be current as of the date of signing.
THINGS TO WATCH:
Voters who PRINT their names. The signature must more or less match what is on file in the county clerk’s office. This can easily happen if the circultaor allows one person to print their name and then everyone else below them will think that’s what they are supposed to do and print their names also. This can wipe out an entire page.
Get at least TWICE the number of signatures that you need.
Cross check it against the county voter records before you file.
Your opponent will be sure to do that.
Don’t approach the voter by saying “Are you registered to vote?”
They will think that you are there to register them and will say “yes” so you will go away.
There is nothing nefarious with challenging petitions that are deficient.
Petition challenging is a blood sport in Illinois.
Do everything correctly and you will have no problems.